Britney Jean

Music review by
Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media
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Brit gets personal, a little raunchy on generic pop album.

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Positive Messages

Although the album has some mixed messages -- some songs show Spears losing her identity without a man or being treated like an object whereas others show her feeling empowered being alone -- many of the songs are generally positive and uplifting.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Spears hasn't always been the best role model for young girls, but her recent low-key profile shows a more mature side.

Violence

In "Tik Tik Boom," guest rapper T.I. describes rough sex with the lyrics "Right there in my wife beater / She like the way I eat her, beat her, beat her / Treat her like an animal, somebody call PETA."

Sex

"Tik Tik Boom" very explicitly talks about sex with lyrics such as, "My dynamite stick known to drive s---t crazy, baby / I want you laying up in the bed with your feet up." More mild sexy lyrics show up in "Body Ache" with, "You want it, don't ya, don't ya?" And the video for "Work B---h" shows a lot of women in skimpy clothes and Britney spanking and whipping people while dressed like a dominatrix.

 

Language

"Work B---h" uses the word "bitch" repeatedly and has an explicit rating, but an edited version is available. "Tik Tik Boom" says "s--t" and "ass."

Consumerism

"Work B---h" drops big car names like Bugatti, Maserati, and Lamborghini.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

"Chillin' with You" talks about drinking wine; "Work B---h" mentions sipping martinis; and "Tik Tik Boom" references drinking margaritas and drinking out of a flask. The video for "Work B---h" shows people drinking in a club.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Britney Spears has taken a more personal -- and sometimes raunchy -- approach on her album Britney Jean, featuring the single "Work B---h," which warrants an explicit rating for language. Although the album has some empowering messages (namely on "Work B---h"), the overall focus on relationships, some pretty sexually explicit and violent lyrics on "Tik Tik Boom," some moderately bad language (including "s--t"), and the occasional references to drinking make Britney Jean best for teens and up.

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What's the story?

BRITNEY JEAN, Britney Spears' eighth studio album, shows Spears trying to find herself while navigating the tumultuous world of relationships. The album was executive-produced by will.i.am, who also shows up on the track "It Should Be Easy." Rapper T.I. makes a guest appearance on "Tik Tik Boom," and Spears' sister Jamie Lynn sings on the song "Chillin' With You."

Is it any good?

The single "Work B---h" seemed to suggest we were going to see the old Britney from her Circus and Blackout days. Unfortunately, the catchy dance tune is one of the few memorable and, frankly, tolerable tracks on Britney Jean. For the most part, the album feels aimless and repetitive, with some tracks such as "Chillin' With You" bordering on being laughably bad.

Although the album is supposed to be Spears' chance to show a more personal side -- she cowrote some of the tracks -- the overarching feeling is one of being lost or waiting for someone else to give her direction with lyrics such as "I always felt like a stranger in a crowd" on "Alien." Also, most of the songs are so bland and over-Auto-Tuned they don't even sound like Britney. Give "Work B---h" and "Perfume" a listen, and give the rest of this album a pass.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the songwriting on Britney Jean. Spears cowrote a number of tracks on this album. Do you think she's a good songwriter?

  • Spears takes a more personal bent on Britney Jean. Do you think this makes the songs more compelling? Or do you prefer Spears' dance tracks?

  • Do you like the album? How do you think it compares to past Spears albums?

Music details

  • Artist: Britney Spears
  • Release date: December 3, 2013
  • Type: Album
  • Label: RCA
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes

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